Seasons in the Park – Picturesque Views from QE Park
The highest spot in Vancouver is Queen Elizabeth Park located in an area appropriately called Little Mountain. It’s actually named for Queen Eliabeth II’s mother, the Queen Mother (not to be confused with Queen Elizabeth I) and is a popular tourist spot due to the expansive views of the city and their famous sunken gardens.
When the flowers are in bloom, it’s difficult to believe that this was once the site of a large rock quarry that supplied some of Vancouver’s first roads or that quietly lying beneath the parking lot is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Canada capable of storing 170+ million litres of fresh water.
We started out our lunch with a Pomegranate Spritz ($4.50) – lemonade, pomegranate purée, and soda. It actually didn’t have a lot of pomegranate flavour but tasted more of lemonade.
The complimentary bread that they brought to us was freshly baked and still warm with a good crunch to the crust. It was perfect for dipping into the coconut tomato broth that came with the Mussels ($15) that we ordered.
The BC Salmon Burger ($15) comes served on a soft sesame seed bun with a rémoulade sauce (like tartar) and comes with coleslaw, skinny fries, and a dill pickle .
My daily special was a Lobster BLT with fries ($19) served on lighty toasted thick-cut brioche bread that was so soft it melted in my mouth.
Due to its prime location, picturesque setting, and large glass windows that showcase Vancouver’s skyline, it’s no wonder that it’s so popular here. The downside is that service can be a bit slow at peak times. Parking is usually plentiful and $2/hour (valet service is also available).
If you’ve ever visited QE Park as a child, you’ll probably have memories like I do of trying to climb along the sides of the geodesic Bloedel Conservatory, or playing hide-and-seek between the Knife Edge Two Piece bronze sculpture.
Take a look at this neat picture of what the original uncovered Little Mountain Reservoir looked like 100 years ago (click the pic to enlarge and notice the man and his dog by the reservoir).
Courtesey of the Vancouver Archives July 29, 1913.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Posted on May 14, 2013, in Restaurant Review, Seafood, West Coast and tagged Food, Lobster BLT, Mussels, Queen Elizabeth Park, restaurant review, Seafood, South Cambie, Vancouver, West Coast. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.